Mount Whitney Overnight Hike
Steve, Brad and I had the pleasure summiting Mt. Whitney (14,505’) on an overnight backpacking trip, braving a night of rain and 22 round-trip miles to do so. The experience was intense, and the hike was a butt-kicker. 6,000’ of elevation gain in just over 11 miles makes the trek hard for even the most athletic folks. The views along the hike were great and the Perseids would have been spectacular had clouds not blanketed the sky at the peak of the meteor showers. Plus there was tons of geoscience to be seen, including the 83 Ma Whitney Granodiorite, air pollution in the Central Valley, thunderstorm formations and the effects of human waste on the lakes and streams in the area. Have fun looking at our trip.